Activity related differences in the thickness of heel pad of some occupational groups in Nigeria: An imaging based study

Ogugua Augustine Egwu, Chike Ikechukwu Patrick Anibeze, Ukoha Ukoha Ukoha, Godfrey Ugochukwu Esomonu, Elizabeth B Besong
2013 International Journal of Biomedical Research  
The effect of prolonged occupation-related physical activity can induce stress and strain on the plantar heel pad. These strains can lead to the thickening of the human heel pad. The effect of occupation-related physical activity on the thickness of the Heel pad (HPT) was assessed among four classes of occupation-Labourers/farmers, Dancers, Athletes and an inactive class (control/normal group) in a southeast Nigerian population. Results show that the inactive class had the lowest values for HPT
more » ... (9.06±1.26; 9.00±1.73mm for right and left sides respectively). The athletes had the highest values (15.15±1.51; 15.18±1.57mm for the right and left sides respectively). Multiple comparison shows that Labourers, Dancers and athletes had significantly higher values than the control group (P=0.000; 0.036; 0.000 respectively). Our findings have conclusively established that occupation-related prolonged Physical activity induces thickening of the heel pad. Interventions should be initiated to avoid the setting in of degenerating conditions that may lead to plantar heel pain.
doi:10.7439/ijbr.v4i8.274 fatcat:zncdoeh5rraw5cx4nmwgzb4hae